Laws – Protections and Liabilities

August 11, 2023 from 9:00 am to 10:30 am


Protections and Liabilities

This panel discussion will include conversations on local, state, federal, and international laws. Topics may include past laws that are no longer on the books and why, current laws and their enforcement, the potential need for new laws to be passed in the future, and how education on laws should be promoted in the turquoise industry.

Why should Turquoise Miners attend?

Turquoise mining laws around claims and distribution may be discussed. Miners will gain a better understanding of how turquoise is regulated before and after it has been mined.

Why should Turquoise Lapidaries attend?

Turquoise Lapidaries will find a discussion of disclosure laws around lapidary techniques of interest. Lapidaries will learn about how certain documentation may protect them from legal liability.

Why should Turquoise Scientists attend?

Scientists will gain more knowledge about legal terminology and definitions, which will help when explaining their research to the public.

Why should Turquoise Dealers attend?

Dealers will learn more about disclosure laws or what is required when selling turquoise in certain states, or to certain countries. This will help dealers protect themselves in an ever growing market

Why should Turquoise Collectors attend?

Collectors will learn about the laws that are in place to protect them when shopping. Collectors will learn if certification or provenance is more legally binding, and how to correctly deal with fraud.

Why should Turquoise End-Use Artists attend?

End use artists will learn what laws apply to the turquoise they set in their art, how to buy with protection and sell with limited liability. Artists will also learn how to best educate clients.


Ken Van Wey


Indian Arts and Crafts Board, U.S. Department of the Interior

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Imitation Developer



Southwest Regional Director Federal Trade Commission

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